1890-CC $5 MS62 Certification #60091865, PCGS #8376

Owner's Comments

Doug Winters

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

David Akers wrote accurately when he noted that Gem quality 1890-CC Half Eagles are "rather rare."  In fact, any 1890-CC Half Eagle is extremely rare in grades above MS64. The most impressive example of this date is the PCGS MS66 that sold all the way back in 2004 in a Heritage auction for $66,125.  That example has not re-appeared on the market since then, and it would easily carry into six figures today.

David Akers (1975/88)

The 1890-CC is scarce, but not rare, in all grades. As a date, the 1890-CC is a bit more scarce than the 1882-CC but it is easier to locate in strictly uncirculated condition than the 1882-CC. It is comparable overall to the 1892-CC and 1893-CC and much more rare than the 1891-CC. Although many known specimens are only VF or EF, AU and even strictly uncirculated specimens can be obtained. However, gem quality mint state pieces are rather rare.


21.65 millimeters
Christian Gobrecht
8.24 grams
Metal Content
90% Gold, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 675 R-5.6 45 / 106 153 / 218 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 52 / 106 TIE 153 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 15 / 106 TIE 30 / 218 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2004:6670, $66,125

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Douglas Winter, sold privately in 5/2002 - Battle Born Collection - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11016, $46,000

3 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Old West Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1337, $9,775

3 MS64 PCGS grade

William Porter Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:9466, $10,350